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Hel & Verdoemenis 666 - Brouwerij De Molen

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Hel & Verdoemenis 666Hel & Verdoemenis 666

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

106 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 106
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8%
Wants: 67
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Batch 666 was H&V with added wood chips soaked in a 40 year old cognac.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-09-2010)
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge thank you to Jeffo and alpineclimber for hooking me up. Couple of first class traders right there. 330ml #3473

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, pretty close to black in the glass with a finger of tan head that lasts a while.

Smell. Nice molasses, oak barrel and vanilla, brown sugar and bourbon, and cocoa. Very nice.

Taste. Dark dark chocolate and oak, vanilla, a bit of booze but not bourbon or whiskey (thought this was whiskey barrel aged ??). Some dark malts.

Mouthfeel. On the lighter side of full bodied, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. A very nice ba stout. Very nice to sip on the deck this warm end of summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 02:59:10 | More by Rutager
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

09-08-2013 00:30:30 | More by GRG1313
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-30-2013 14:19:20 | More by tom10101
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simoen

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

08-27-2013 13:06:24 | More by simoen
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

08-26-2013 21:40:56 | More by dfhhead25
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brystmar

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

08-02-2013 18:29:47 | More by brystmar
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Will for splitting this bottle, along with a few other De Molen goodies. The 666 pours with brown trim and a nearly black center, growing lighter in shade as you near the edges of the glass. The beige head doesn't last for long before it's reduced to a simple, little collar that outlines the top of the beer. Not as evil looking as you'd expect a "666" beer to be.

Deep cocoa and roast in the aroma, right alongside a strong presence of bourbon, which upon further inspection, is more likely to be cognac. There's a good amount of roasted coffee beans in there, too, just a touch ashy and charred with a faint hint of burnt wood in the finale. Very thick and heavy smelling, and possibly even more robust and potent than you'd expect at 10% ABV.

A staunch deliverance of dark cocoa, charred coffee beans, and cognac-soaked, burnt oak chips gets bashed into all sides of your mouth with the first sip. I'll go ahead and confirm the fact that while this beer is certainly "big" at 10% ABV, it smells and tastes even bigger. The first few sips are cloaked in heavily boozy oak and dense, bitter coffee and dark chocolate.

Some time allows for sweetness to protrude just a bit; milkier chocolates and some barrel induced vanilla notes come out, though the beer keeps its threatening demeanor with the abrupt cognac that seems to always find its way through the jungle of ash. The flavor seems to escape the palate surprisingly quickly, however, leaving a slightly vapid finish with nothing but some light roast and booze on the palate.

Definitely full bodied, but not as thick or chewy in terms of complexion as the flavors and aromas would lead you to believe it is. Carbonation was pretty on point for the style, nearing the lower end of the grand spectrum. I'm really glad to have been able to try this one, though it didn't quite meet the expectations I had going into it. I'd still like to try more of the variants, however, so thanks again to Will for bringing a few of them along.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 16:33:38 | More by tectactoe
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Michigan

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

07-21-2013 14:22:31 | More by Michigan
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-22-2013 09:06:34 | More by Kirk
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ystazi

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-14-2013 19:13:47 | More by ystazi
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BierMeJohn

Germany

4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-09-2013 19:56:54 | More by BierMeJohn
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-20-2013 04:31:59 | More by Kmat10
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Photekut

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-19-2013 16:26:26 | More by Photekut
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jeroen78

Belgium

4/5  rDev -5.9%

05-13-2013 14:18:45 | More by jeroen78
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Bottle # 745.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 00:54:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-08-2013 01:57:51 | More by cadaugherty
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-07-2013 19:25:17 | More by imperialking
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml, black wax encrusted bottle, with a kick-ass anonymous metal band inspired label.

This beer pours a solid, impenetrable black, with only the very, very slightest of basal cola 'highlights', and four (or maybe more, who's counting at this rate) fingers of openly bubbly, densely foamy chocolate milk head, which leaves some spooky drooping webbed lace around the glass as it eventually recedes.

It smells strongly of astringently wooden barrels, not altogether specific to origin, although a soft late harvest white wine character does well to bleed through, with some overly sugary chocolate, a mild, indistinct roasted character, softly savoury spice, and faint anise. The taste is sweet dark, cake-like chocolate, equally saccharine white wine barrel notes - vanilla, caramel, and musky white grape juice, a hint of dry coffee grounds, and the coup de grace of Cognac goodness - a stupidly subtle, boozy 'comment ça va?'.

The carbonation is pretty well sublimated, and more or less inconsequential to our little investigation, the body a bountiful full weight, and generally quite smooth, the alcohol the only threat here, and it does well in minding its own business. It finishes quite predictably on the sweet side, the boozy chocolate and white wine offset going long in convincing me that this isn't some overly sugary fart of an offering.

With a base as desirable as this one's is, messing around with barrel treatment is a dicey affair at best. Thankfully, they picked a subtle, je ne sais quoi version to move forward with, one which adds a modicum of sweetness, and a further indecipherable complexity, without sacrificing the base goodness of it all. Worthy for its effort, and tasty all the same.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 04:40:16 | More by biboergosum
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danipp

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-15-2013 21:24:23 | More by danipp
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 12/4/13 bottle 4624

A pretty black with a deep cola edge, finger of dark mocha foam sits for a few sips and leaves a single thick ring of lace

S boozy fudge smells great, lots of wood and cognac, a little smoke and raisin with just a hint of fennel, the booze works well for this one almost bringing the cognac to center stage and I love the taste of cognac

T more roasted barrel notes then the nose and even more cognac, char and burnt espresso, a little different form the nose but equally good, intense and tasty, the fudge is a little toned down but I'm loving the taste

M not too thick for the color with a little heat and a little grit left behind on the gums, long aftertaste of charred wood and cognac

O great liquid going on here, I'm surprised how noticeable the cognac really is, pretty solid brew that I'll be stocking up on for sure

I love the label and the beer inside the bottles even better, great today but this ones going to age gracefully and I'll be buying a nice little stash to ensure I get to enjoy it a few years down the road, stock up boys and girls if you can

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 05:38:02 | More by wordemupg
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The bottle is full nearly to the brim, odd and awesome. Pours jet black with 20mm of fluffy beige head that becomes a thick ring. Great looking beer.

S: Big time cognac oak, wow this smells phenomenal. Unique and liqueur-like barrel notes, booze, dark chocolate, licorice.

T: I am admittedly not familiar with cognac, but if it tastes like this beer I should probably get acquainted. A little bit hot, but that will improve with time. I will definitely be laying a few of these down.

M: Creamy and full bodied, boozy but never thin.

Awesome beer, huge cognac/oak presence, this far exceeded my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 20:03:55 | More by mattsander
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-12-2013 02:01:20 | More by IanSpindler
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks as always to dave from willow park for hooking me up with straight off the truck brews. 330ml bottle poured into big rock snifter. half finger of mocha head which sticks around. definitely has legs. aroma is huge cognac. some roasted malts come through as well. dark fruit. almost smells like those delicious liquor chocolates

taste is wicked. definitely get a lot of cognac. lots of dark chocolate, some burnt fruit, caramel comes through on the after taste. great warming feeling as you swallow

overall this is an awesome BA RIS. I will definitely be grabbing a couple more to cellar. grab it while you can

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 06:43:25 | More by schnarr84
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

04-04-2013 06:37:44 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on December 5, 2012 with black wax, bottle (batch?) number 6. Poured into a wine glass at Tørst in NYC.

A- Pours very dark brown with no head or lacing.

S- Chocolate, cake, vanilla, caramel, and a really nice but subtle cognac aroma. Smells damn nice.

T- Delicious. Huge and layered chocolate flavor, with dark and milk chocolate, chocolate cake, as well as vanilla, some roastiness, with a nice fruitiness and sweet cognac flavor towards the finish.

M- Medium to full body, smooth, soft feel, very mild alcohol warmth.

O- A great beer, the base beer is delicious and the cognac barrel gives it a very nice and tasty complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 07:24:55 | More by WillCarrera
Hel & Verdoemenis 666 from Brouwerij De Molen
94 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.